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I Am So Proud Of Myself!

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Wednesday, 07 November 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News


Yes, I am absolutely proud of myself and you should be proud of yourself as well, even if only because you are reading this article on recovery, as you are making an effort to maintain your sobriety.

We as Alcoholics and Addicts must develop a habit of not only doing acts that develop esteem, but also acknowledging and embracing our efforts.

This week I heard a fellow member of Alcoholics Anonymous share his experience, strength and hope at a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. During his share he revealed that this past September he celebrated two years of being clean and sober!

That is an amazing fete! Like many Alcoholics and Addicts he too was a hopeless, to-die-Alcoholic/Addict that was homeless, unemployed and toiled with incomprehensible demoralization.

Yet, today he is a grateful recovering Alcoholic and Addict!

As he sobbed while tears fell down his cheeks he shared that he has a job, an apartment and a vehicle.

Often, he is overcome with joy and gratitude as he walks home from work. He exclaimed, “I am proud of myself simply because I have a job to leave and a home to go to”, as he should be. I cried for him, as I was proud of him too!

I too am proud of myself each time I deposit or withdraw money that I earned. I am proud of myself that I am trusted with great responsibility at work. I am also proud of myself that I have sponsees who listen to me and want what I have.

I am certainly proud of myself for getting up every day, getting to work and living life on life’s terms, clean and sober.

I am suiting up and showing up to life clean and sober and that makes me happy.

I am a worker among workers and I even take direction well. I never imagined that I was capable of working among other people, not to mention taking direction from others…….that was why I went to law school, to have as much autonomy as possible.

To the average person these are all simple tasks….minute aspects of life.

However, to the Alcoholic and Addict, these are in fact major accomplishments that should be acknowledged, embraced and even celebrated from time to time, if not always.

If you go to a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, be proud of yourself. If you have a relationship with your higher power, be proud of yourself.

“You lost 2 inches around your waist”....that is fantastic, be proud of yourself.

Whether you have one day sober or 40 years sober, you should be equally proud of yourself!

Find reasons to be proud of yourself, as that is where the happiness begins.

If you or someone that you love is struggling with drugs and alcoholism, please text or call us today. We want to help you.

Photo Courtesy of: imaginingmyselfhealthy.blogspot

About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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